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The Ultimate Road Trip

Our Favorite Apps and Services for Road Trips

New tools to make your next adventure better

The Getaway near Raleigh (Photo: Getaway)
The Getaway near Raleigh

Due to the changing nature of state-to-state travel advisories, check both state and individual websites for safety protocols and potential closures before you hit the road.

Whether you’re looking to book a remote cabin just outside a major city or be more informed about the national parks you’re visiting, here are four new ways to upgrade your road trip. 


(Photo: Courtesy Cabana)

This app allows users to rent out mobile hotel rooms in the form of converted 2019 Ford Transit vans. Launched in Seattle, the company is set to expand to San Diego, San Francisco, and Denver in 2021. All the vans have the same layout, with short-queen-size memory-foam beds, a heating system, ceiling fan, and a 30-liter fridge (from $235). 

Black Owned ­Directory

The Black Owned Directory
(Photo: Courtesy The Black Owned Directory)

Created as a resource for everyone to support Black-owned businesses, this Yelp-style website launched in August 2020 with 250 listings and plans to have at least 7,000 by December. The clever interface makes it easy to filter the user-generated content by location, keywords, and hours of operation.


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(Photo: Getaway)

With city dwellers seeking quick escapes, Getaway, which builds and operates clusters of small cabins in natural settings, recently added three new outposts. In April and June, locations opened outside Austin and Houston, respectively, and in July, the company ­debuted 90 minutes from Raleigh, in North Carolina, with 32 cabins across 30 acres (from $99). 

Hello Ranger

hello ranger
(Photo: Courtesy Hello Ranger)

When their iHeartRadio show Parklandia was shelved because of the pandemic, Matt and Brad Kirouac ­decided to funnel their national-parks intel into a website, an app, and a podcast. They enlist a crew of ambassadors to write guides and stories on everything from Native American land rights to navigating the parks with a ­disability.

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